Hurricane Roslyn has rapidly intensified to a Category 3 storm and is expected to make landfall in Mexico this weekend




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Forming off the west coast of Mexico, Hurricane Roslyn has strengthened into a major Category 3 storm and is expected to make landfall this weekend, according to forecasts.

Roslyn has sustained winds of 120 mph since Saturday morning and is moving west-northwest of the southwest coast of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Roslyn’s wind speed increased to 60 mph in the 24-hour period from Friday into Saturday morning, suggesting rapid invigoration. A storm is intensified when its maximum sustained winds increase to at least 35 mph in 24 hours or less.

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Hurricane conditions are forecast for Saturday night along the coast of Mexico, bringing “damaging winds and dangerous storm surge,” the National Hurricane Center said.

Las Islas Marias – an archipelago 60 kilometers off the coast of the mainland – has been under a hurricane warning since Saturday morning, as well as parts of the west-central coast of the peninsula, from Playa Perula to El Roblito.

A hurricane warning is often issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds, and any preparations made before the storm’s arrival must be completed.

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The current track shows Roslyn continuing to gain strength, and it may become a Category 4 hurricane by Saturday night. The storm may weaken some before making landfall on Sunday, but is still expected to be at or near hurricane strength before reaching Mexico’s Nayarit state, according to the hurricane center.

The storm continues to resemble Hurricane Orlene, which made landfall north of the Nayarit-Sinaloa border on October 3 as a Category 1 storm before dispersing further inland. Orlene had strengthened into a Category 4 storm over open waters the previous day.